A somewhat cryptic document from the Star Wars Episode VII production office just triggered a flurry of Internet speculation.
Yesterday, what seemed to be a casting breakdown bearing the names of Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt, along with casting directors April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg and Nina Gold, hit movie fan site Schmoes Know. Today, Bleeding Cool reported that they've verified the breakdown is indeed the real deal, straight from the production office to various talent agents in the U.S. and U.K. With Abrams hoping to start production in the U.K. early next year, it's not surprising that the audition process is beginning now, but in true Abrams fashion, the production seems to be keeping exactly who they're trying to cast a mystery.
Take a peek at what they're looking for:
A young man aged between 20 and 25, witty and smart, fit but not classically handsome.
Man in late twenties, also fit, but this one is handsome and confident.
Late teenage girl, independent, good sense of humour, also… physically fit .
Second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and physically fit.
Man in his forties, obviously physically fit, this one is a military type.
A man of around thirty or so, this one is an intellectual type.
Finally, a guy aged around seventy, strong opinions and tough.
So, no character names or affiliations, but if you're familiar with the timeline of the Star Wars expanded universe, you might be able to guess some of these characters. Are those young men and women Han and Leia's children? Who's the military type? What about the tough older guy? A seasoned Rebel Alliance veteran, perhaps? Or will these all be completely new characters? Tell us what you think.